Gianna Albaum holds a Ph.D in Italian Studies from New York University, and is currently serving as a postdoctoral fellow for AY 2021-2022.

Her current book project, based on her dissertation, “Narco Moderns: Drugs, Intoxication, and Italian Modernity (1858-1923),” examines figures of intoxication, addiction, and stimulation in modern Italian culture. Her interests include modern literature and film, media theory, science and technology studies, affect theory, and continental philosophy. Her most recent article, “Mantegazza’s Coca Dreams” was recently published in Italian Quarterly.

In fall 2021, she is teaching the course “Italian Narcofictions,” and in spring 2022, she will teach a course on Elena Ferrante as well as a course on Black Italy.